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HELP BUGET SYSTEM BUILD 400-1000

I HAVE AN OLD ALIEWARE EXTREME P4 PC I WANT TO USE AS PARTS
CASE,HD IDE ,DISK DRIVES IDE

I NEAD A NEW RIG FOR GAMING,SERVER(CONTROL ONLY 3 OTHER PC)
JUST WANT TO PLAY GTA IV MEDIUM TO HIGH IF POSSIBLE
MY BUGET IS 400-600 $ I CAN GO UP TO 1000

I DO OVERCLOCK

WHAT I HAVE NOW IS


AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103674&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle-_-Processors+-+Desktops-_-AMD-_-19103674

MSI NF980-G65 AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130236

OCZ Obsidian 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227477&cm_re=pc3_12800_6gb-_-20-227-477-_-Product

XFX GeForce 9400 GT PVT94GZAFG Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150353
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  1. You memory isnt triple channel, you should be doing dual channel 4GB. You dont need 6 and the third stick could slow you down.

    That CPU is a top performer, its your graphics card that is horribly outdated. If you were to get an ATI 5850 graphics card (around $300) you would have an awesome gaming system. The problem is 5850s are really hard to find right now. If you are not playing on a hi res monitor, the 5770 (around $165) would probably be good enough. Whats your monitor resolution?

    The only other question is what kind of power supply you have. You may need to upgrade the power supply to handle a real graphics card.
  2. nvidia chipset based mb are crap, do your self a favor, get a amd chipset based mb and a ati gpu
  3. I'd get rid of some of those IDE devices. No newer mobos have enough IDE ports. You'll end up having to buy an add on IDE controller just to have the needed ports. A SATA hard drive would do good to speed up your system anyway. Check out this drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&cm_re=spinpoint_f3-_-22-152-181-_-Product
  4. so is dual channel better what brand do you reccomend
    what mobo is better for this cpu overclocking,speed,stability
    is air cooling good enough
    i am getting 2 used sata hardrives 1 tb and 500gb 10000 rpm for 50 $what confiq raid?
    my moniter is 1024x768 i 'm going to get a 50 inch 1080 later on
    best graphics card for 200
    need new psu old p4 psu loud
  5. Best answer
    These G.skill ripjaws would be fine for your build
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231274&cm_re=g.skill_ripjaws-_-20-231-274-_-Product

    Here's a Asus 790x combo with that AMD 945. It's a good mobo for OCng.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.293441

    It's probably a good idea to get a cooler if you're going to OC. How many fans does the alienware case have?

    What model hard drives are they? Hopefully you got them from a reputable place.

    You're going to need much more than that 9400gt for a 50 inch screen. I would suggest the 4890
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102848&cm_re=4890-_-14-102-848-_-Product

    For a single video card setup, this PSU would be good.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022&cm_re=ocz_550-_-17-341-022-_-Product
  6. the case has 5 fans one to cool hardrives one to circulate air 3 to blow out air
    what cooler would be best for the cpu
    both are western digital i got it from my friend 2x1tb and a 500gb for 50$+ dvd rom
    is there a benefit for dual video cards
    i also need a basic tv tuner
  7. 10k rpm @ 1tb??? Velociraptors only come in 300 and 150gb...
  8. You may want to double check on the hard drives because the raptors and velociraptors are the only 10k WD drives and they didn't come in those sizes.

    SLI and crossfire (more than a single card setup) are used to increase the graphics power. It's a cheaper way to upgrade graphics, so you don't have to always go out and buy the high end cards.

    Here's a nice rank of the CPU coolers
    http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm
  9. ^^ Yeah I think you might be getting ripped
  10. yeah there 7200 rpm
    THE BUILD SO FAR
    AMD Phenom II X4 955 WITH Asus 790x 266 AFTER REBATES
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.293441
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231274&cm_re=g.skill_ripjaws-_-20-231-274-_-Product
    ZALMAN CNPS9900LED 120mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118046
    SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100269VXLE Radeon HD 4890 1GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102848&cm_re=4890-_-14-102-848-_-Product
    OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V (WILL THIS BE ENOUGH WATTS?)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022&cm_re=ocz_550-_-17-341-022-_-Product
    ALL I NEED IS A TV TUNER AND OS I HAVE XP PRO NEVER USED(0$) AND WIN 7 ULTIMATE (250 AT FRIENDS STRORE IS IT WORTH IT)
  11. I'm probably not the one to ask about tuner cards, I havne't done much with them.

    Is there a reason you want to run a RAID array? Were you looking for data security or performance?
    With the drives you're talking about, you aren't going to get much, if any performance increase.
  12. OK NO RAID
    SO ANY ADVISE ON TUNER CARDS OR SHOULD I GET A DVR
  13. I don't have much experience with them....

    I would probably just get DVR. I have it and have no complaints. A nice feature is being able to access the recorded shows from different TVs.
  14. I've used Hauppauge TV tuner cards with great success. I highly recommend the HVR-2250.

    Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Media Center Kit Dual TV Tuner 1213 PCI-Express x1 Interface - Retail $129.99

    The problem is your OS, though. Windows XP Pro doesn't have Media Center and Windows 7 Ultimate is a waste of money. I would get Windows 7 Home Premium. Here's a combo deal with the Sapphire 4890 + 64-bit Windows 7 which makes the OS only $90.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.282078
  15. That old Zalman CPU cooler is outdated. There are lots of better performing coolers for less money.

    Xigmatec S1283 Rifle Cooler.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003
    Coolermaster Hyper 212 plus
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    Look at frostytech.com for cooler rankings. Those old Zalman round ones were at the top a few years ago, but the new direct contact tower coolers are better. Zalmans latest cooler (CPNS10X) is also a direct contact tower cooler.
  16. i bougth these parts
    AMD Phenom II X4 955 WITH Asus 790x
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.293441
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB
    Coolermaster Hyper 212 plus
    SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100269VXLE Radeon HD 4890 1GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product
    OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V (WILL THIS BE ENOUGH WATTS?)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product
    I also bougth the 3 windows 7 upgrade deal
    just going to buy a dvr for now
    thanks for all the help
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